Published on January 9th, 2020
In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five.
But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.
Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. Jack Black is back as Po in KUNG FU PANDA 2.
On his first big challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters The Furious Five on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet.
KUNG FU PANDA 2 packs a powerful punch that combines non-stop action, beautiful storytelling and stunning animation in this all-new awesome adventure.
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Movie Reviews: “Kung Fu Panda 2”
Movie Review: Moviesanywhere
“Kung Fu Panda 2” is exactly as you’d expect, and more. The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than in the original, and there’s boundless energy.
What’s best about this sequel is that it’s not a dutiful retread of the original, but an ambitious extension. Of the many new elements, not least is the solution of the mystery of how Mr. Ping, a goose, could be the biological father of Po, a panda.
In the original film, as nearly as I can recall, every character represented a different species, so I thought perhaps inscrutable reproductive processes were being employed.
But no, Po’s parenthood is explained here, and it has a great deal to do with new developments in the kingdom.
Jack Black is back as Po in this fiercely funny sequel. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet.
KUNG FU PANDA 2 packs a powerful punch that combines non-stop action, beautiful storytelling and stunning animation in an all-new, awesome adventure!
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Movie Review: Commonsensemedia
The movie’s surprisingly poignant, sometimes serious story addresses the conflict between tradition and modernization, as well as Po’s discovery of a long-hidden tragedy and his journey to accept an unusual upbringing.
Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of action — including explosions, swordfights, and lots of kung fu fisticuffs.
Scenes involving parent-child separation could also be upsetting for kids. Unlike the first film, this one is offered in 3-D, which can make some of the sequences feel more intense.
Movie Review: Nytimes
The upside of the “more” is that there is, once again, quite a lot of nice stuff to look at, an expanded palette of clever and sometimes beautiful visual effects.
Like the first “Panda” picture — and like the intermittently sublime “How to Train Your Dragon” — “Kung Fu Panda 2” uses 3-D technology with flair and restraint, adding pop to the action sequences and depth to the landscapes, which evoke an ancient China spun out of candy.
The palaces and villages, the mountains and bamboo forests, to say nothing of the beasts who populate this confectionary realm, are evidence of an affectionate, irreverent interest in Chinese artistic traditions.
(Hans Zimmer’s score is a witty pastiche that includes some choice ’70s-style chopsocky riffs as well as more stately pseudoclassical swatches.)
The movie is an obvious parody of sword- and martial-arts wuxia movies, but it also serves as an invitation to young audiences, who may find that Po’s antics have sparked an appetite for the more grown-up pleasures of movies like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” or “Curse of the Golden Flower.”